The European HTEC Network

The Partnership Concept
for Inspiring CNC Education


2nd European CNC-Educators Conference takes place in Nantes

''90 people with a heart for CNC education assembled in Nantes to network, learn new technologies and discuss best-practices in CNC education.

On 18 and 19 October 90 people with a heart for CNC education came together in Nantes for the second European CNC-Educators conference. The overlapping message across most presentations was that in a manufacturing industry that gets more complex and more technologically advanced it is essential to give future CNC-machinists, technicians and engineers an education that reflects these developments.

To do this, schools need well-qualified teachers, get modern equipment in and should look into innovative ways to attract, motivate and teach students.

Participants could take workshops by Blaser, Esprit, Haas, Hainbuch, Keller, Mastercam, Sandvik-Coromant and Topsolid.

On the second day participants visited the factory of Haas customer Airbus in Saint-Nazaire. Here Airbus assembles amongst others the A-380 Airbus, the world’s largest passenger plane.

The conference ended on the 19th with a festive lunch at the Lycée des Métiers Sainte-Anne in Saint-Nazaire.

The next European CNC Educators Conference will take place in 2018. If you would like to take part in a national CNC Educators Conference or would like to organize one at your school please contact Simon Vanmaekelbergh, European Coordinator for Educational Partnerships and Haas Technical Education Centers at Haas Automation Europe, via